She Was a Survivor, but Then the Authorities Made Her a Victim.
Sexual assault is a serious problem that affects every country in the world. According to RAINN, every 107 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted here in the United States. The frightening statistics don’t stop there: four out of five attacks are committed by someone the victim knows.
What’s even more horrifying is how much more prevalent it occurs in poorer countries where women don’t have the rights we do here. Rape in some other cultures is often turned around on the victim themselves, who is then blamed for what happened.
In the most recent case to make headlines – I shudder to think about the thousands of stories that happen where the victim remains silent – a young woman in Denmark found herself at the awful intersection of sexual assault, outdated laws and policies, and the incendiary culture around the refugee crisis.
It all started with self defense…
A seventeen-year-old Danish girl escaped an attempted rape by a unknown assailant around 10 PM this past Wednesday, but her ordeal didn’t end there. The girl told police she that was targeted in the coastal town of Sonderborg, Denmark by an English-speaking man who knocked her to the ground and tried to undress her. She only managed to get away with the use of pepper spray, a potentially life-saving item that women and men around the world carry – unfortunately – due to a questionable sense of safety.
Turning It Around
Instead of trying to find her attacker, the authorities were busy turning the prosecution back onto the victim, all because of her pepper spray. As it turns out, it is illegal to posses the substance in Denmark. Local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd: “It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely to be charged for that.” The girl, still recovering from the unwarranted attack, will likely face a fine of about $50, but the fact that police are focusing on the triviality of a dangerous ban instead of finding the attacker is simply disgusting.